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It is well known that football is nothing without the fans, a new study has compiled a list of clubs with the highest average attendance in the 21st century. 

During the peak of the covid pandemic, fans had to watch football without a crowd, the supporters were replaced by banners and there were added background noise on TV coverages in order to give viewers a more authentic experience.

And it was during those times that we all realised how important a crowd is for a team trying to win. There were more away wins than ever when games had to be played behind closed doors. 

Liverpool had lost six games in a row at Anfield having not lost a single game at home in almost two years. 

Fans have a huge impact on football, when a stadium is packed full of supporters, the atmosphere is second to none, it gives the home team an extra lift before and during the match. And most importantly, it can strike fear into the opposition. 

A study conducted by PopFoot shows a list of 40 clubs with the highest average attendance in the 21st century. 

The Premier League has 10 representatives in the list, including the likes of Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle, Arsenal.

Manchester United came highest out of all the English clubs with an average attendance of 69,488 recorded at Old Trafford.

Old Trafford crowd. Image Credit: AlamyThe club that came out on top is German side Borussia Dortmund, who has an average attendance of 76,155. They are famous for their Yellow Wall that provides great spectacle before each home match. 

Having an average of over 76,000 when the full capacity is 81,365 just shows how well supported Dortmund are, their fans are eager to be there to support their team week in week out. 

Here is the full list. 

40. FC Nuremberg – 34,116

39. Napoli – 34,557

38. Aston Villa – 35,429

37. Athletic Bilbao – 36,228

36. Everton – 37,023

35. Hannover – 37,187

34. Sunderland – 37,516

33. West Ham United – 37,871

32. Lyon – 37,933

31. Werder Bremen – 38,526

30. Atletico Madrid – 39,015

29. Valencia – 39,286

28. Tottenham Hotspur – 39,288

27. Eintracht Frankfurt – 40,239

26. Benfica – 40,287

25. Chelsea – 40,871

24. Paris Saint-Germain – 41,238

23. AS Roma – 42,875

22. Feyenoord – 43,222

21. FC Cologne – 43,782

20. Borussia Monchengladbach – 44,250

19. Rangers – 44,933

18. Stuttgart – 45,384

17. Manchester City – 45,408

16. Liverpool – 45,526

15. Hertha Berlin – 46,452

14. Marseille – 47,915

13. Ajax – 48,175

12. Newcastle United – 50,424

11. AC Milan – 50,899

10. Hamburg – 51,341

9. Celtic – 51,802

8. Inter Milan – 51,853

7. Arsenal – 53,372

6. FC Schalke – 60,456

5. Bayern Munich – 66,324

4. Barcelona – 68,864

3. Manchester United – 69,488

2. Real Madrid – 70,016

1.Borussia Dortmund – 76,155